PYG (Presbyterian Youth Group) Grades 6, 7, and 8
Through weekly youth group and Bible Study, the goal of our PYG group is to begin the transition of our students to a more mature and personal faith in God. As they grow in size and maturity, we also begin to challenge them to grow spiritually. We think that in sixth graders can begin to sort through tough questions and start the process of their faith becoming their own. We also begin to foster the idea of helping others with service activities and mission trips. Middle School and Junior High are critical in the formation of students, not only mentally and emotionally, but spiritually as well. We have quite a bit of fun, but we are mainly interested in getting your student thinking about Jesus and God's gift of grace.
Youth Connection Grades 9-12
As students begin to ready themselves for life after high school, we want them to be prepared in the faith department as well. Our goal is to present lessons, activities, and opportunities for them to experience the love of Christ. Our goal is that these experiences will travel with them after high school and be a foundation for future spiritual growth in the future. In Youth Connection, we make it a point to try to encourage leadership and empower students to live their lives to glorify God in all they do. We hope that by the time they graduate and leave this group, they will be about to both speak and act out what they believe and that they are ready to grow in their faith and love for God on their own.
The purpose of the youth ministry of the First Presbyterian Church is to show * God's love, study *(2) the Bible's teachings, serve * God with our abilities, seek *(4) the Lord in worship and prayer, and support (5) one another as the body of Christ.
1. Evangelism – Matthew 22:37-39
2. Discipleship – Matthew 28:19-20 and Colossians 3:16
3. Ministry – 1 Peter 4:10
4. Worship – John 4:23-24
5. Fellowship – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and 1 John 1:7
Younger Youth (Grades 5-7)
Third Floor, Room 316
Claim the Life: Word
Weekly lessons revolve around a single key word (or phrase) from Scripture. The words are significant for more fully claiming life as a Christian. This semester includes God, Sabbath, Honor, Shepherd, Heart, Season, Friend, and Justice, to name a few, and focuses on Old Testament passages.
(Older Youth (Grades 8-12)
Third Floor, Room 305
LinC (Living in Christ)
LinC examines the latest music, movies, news, and current events through a biblical lens. As youth dig into the day’s topic and Scriptures, they’ll learn how to evaluate their culture with a biblical perspective.
PYG meets at 4:30 p.m. Youth Connection meets at 6:00 p.m. Both groups have dinner together at 5:30 p.m. in the Chez. Check Sunday's bulletin or The Epistle for the latest information.
Youth Connection Bible study for boys meets on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. in the Youth Area.
Youth Connection Bible study for girls meets on Wednesdays at 7:15- p.m. in the Youth Area.
This past summer, both youth groups went to Ferncliff, Arkansas. Here is a video from that trip – Click here to watch.
One week later, our high schoolers went to Colorado – Click here to watch.
Nathan See, Director of Youth Ministries Email Nathan